A Fast High Accuracy Hyperspectral X-Ray Detector

Period of Performance: 12/18/1998 - 06/30/1999


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Nova R and D, Inc.
1525 Third Street, Suite C
Riverside, CA 92507
Principal Investigator

Research Topics


A feasibility study is proposed for a practical, fast, high-accuracy hyperspectral x-ray detector system for detection and imaging of objects such as energetic materials and contraband. It may have many other uses such as finding and identifying contraband in luggage, briefcases, packages, parcels, containers. It may also be used for process control applications such as remote monitoring of parameters like the chemical composition or congealing of material in the casting process, or controlling fabrication of composites and fiber embedded materials. Another use can be nondestructive inspection of commercial and military energetic materials, munition items. It may also be applied for accurate determination of material properties. Medical uses are also possible, for example, in bone densitometry for osteoporosis diagnosis. During Phase I, a feasibility study will be carried out to demonstrate that the proposed detector will perform to the required specifications. During Phase II, a fully functional prototype detector system will be manufactured using the Phase I results. In Phase III, the detector system will be manufactured as a commercial hyperspectral x-ray-imaging instrument. BENEFITS: The results of the Phase I and II programs will be a fast, high-accuracy room-temperature hyperspectral imaging x-ray detector system. This detector has many application capabilities for both the military and commercial sectors.